‘Doctor Who’ News: A New Doctor to be Unveiled
Fans of “Doctor Who” will finally learn who will be replacing Matt Smith as the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord this weekend.
“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” said ‘Doctor Who’ head writer Steven Moffat. The BBC has announced that this Sunday, August 4, 2013, someone’s life is about to be changed as a new actor cast to play the Doctor will be revealed on live television. In a special live half-hour show hosted by Zoe Ball, the future of “Doctor Who” will be discussed in an interview with the new lead actor, as well as 11th Doctor Matt Smith and executive producer Steven Moffat.
“For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.” This statement seems ominous for Whovians, as most know that it has been mentioned that The Doctor has twelve regenerations, which the new actor will be portraying. Is this the final twirl for the long-lived “Doctor Who?” Probably not. This could just be a reminder that the Doctor is the last of his people, the Time Lords of Gallifrey.
Long ago, in a land across the sea, the creators of the little show called “Doctor Who” on the BBC fell into a problem with the First Doctor William Hartnell’s ailing health. It was apparent that he would not be able to continue in his role as the Doctor, and they devised a way to keep the show running and the Doctor alive by making him ‘regenerate’ into a new body. The character’s persona and quirks changed as the different actors took the role, but the character’s overall goal and psyche stayed the same. So far there have been eleven lucky guys to play the role of the Doctor, eleven incredible and talented men that have brought to life the mad Time Lord in his adventures through time and space in his time machine.
The 11 Doctors so far:
1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)
2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)
5. Peter Davison – pictured (1982-1984)
6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)
7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
8. Paul McGann (1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)
Smith, who has played the Time Lord since 2010, announced in June that he would be leaving “Doctor Who” in this year’s Christmas special. This announcement sparked much speculation as to who might take over, with everyone from Idris Elba, Ewan McGregor, Ron Weasley Rupert Grint himself, to Dame Helen Mirren as a possible first lady Doctor, and recently Peter Capaldi, Ben Daniels, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw among the fans’ and so-called experts’ favorites.
Ben Stephenson, BBC drama controller, said:
Doctor Who marks its 50th anniversary on November 23, 2013 with a special episode starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctor. Fan favorite Billie Piper will return as Nine and Ten’s companion Rose Tyler, while Jenna-Louise Coleman will continue as Clara Oswald. The episode will also see the return of iconic “Doctor Who” baddies the Daleks and the shape-shifting Zygons.
“Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor,” airs on BBC One at 7pm (in England) on August 4, and is to be simulcast on BBC America. To see the trailer for the upcoming special, go here.